I know that we really don't need to have a million threads on the subject, but I haven't seen many SR tutorials. If this stays open, maybe it will help other older SR owners when they upgrade to Windows 7.
What you need before you do your upgrade:
Firmware Extension parser
Sony Shared Library
Sony Notebook Utilities
Synaptics Touchpad drivers
Fingerprint Scanner driver
I installed Win7 Pro as a clean install. I have a 320gb drive that I formatted and partitioned into 3 parts, 40gb for the OS, 5gb for the pagefile and the rest for a storage partition.
I use the storage drive to put all of my user-created files. That make it easier for me to locate an item and makes backing up my personal files alot easier. I think it also reduces fragmentation on your OS drive...........
Has anyone had experience with the NS255 (or even the NS235 or NS290) that came out at the very end of last year? I've read some reviews that say the older NS135 and NS190 are average at best, but can't find any reviews on the newer 2xx line. Here are the specs I've found on the NS255:
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.00 GHz Processor 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz Bus speed 4096 MB DDR2 (PC2-6400) RAM Max: 4GB 250 GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive 15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD XBRITE-ECO Display Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and Microphone ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430 with up to 2040MB Shared Video Memory DVD±R/RW Drive with Double Layer Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN 802.11a/b/g/n 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet LAN Built-in Memory Stick® Standard/Duo PRO with MagicGate™ Card Reader Built-in Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot ExpressCard 34 Slot Connections: 4 x USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Microphone-in, VGA, RJ-11 (Modem), RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions: 14.18" (W) x 1.5" (H) x 10.63" (D) Approximate Unit Weight: 6.4 Pounds
I'm not pleased with the lack of HDMI (my TV does not have VGA input) and Bluetooth but I suppose I could get by with S-video.
I'm set on a 15.4" screen and my needs are Web surfing, video over web, MS Office (lots of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel), light-moderate picture/video editing, light gaming (kids games), Skype, and video chat. I've run the FAQ under a different thread, but just trying to get some thoughts on this model.
I've read through the thread "How to make 1st to 3rd Generations of Vaio Z support 8GB" and there are some promising leads there especially from ZugZug an Sniper_Sung but the thread kind of abruptly ends without a clear resolution.
Another thread indicates that the victory was celebrated too early and the 8GB doesn't exactly work.
I own a vgn-SR190. I recently had HD failure, so had to buy new HD and reinstall vista. My original version of Vista was Business 32-bit. I didn't make a recovery disc. So I went out and bought vista ultimate 32-bit. Figured I wouldn't have problems, but I did.
I'm having the driver issues that someone in another thread talked about, when you get the problem with vaio mode switch and the battery issue. I downloaded the drivers for Vista Business, figured it would be the same for Ultimate. But I just read someone's post here that the home premium 32-bit drivers are the same as the ultimate 32-bit drivers. Is that true? if it is, I would just have to download the home premium drivers. I just wanted to know if anybody knows for a fact that the home premium drivers are the same as the ultimate drivers, seeing as the business drivers are obviously different.
I have a VGNSZ645P3 Vaio which I got as xmas gift. I decided to Max out the RAM and purchased Crucial 4GB kit. Sony recommends Crucial as only authorized after market RAM. I have previously upgraded memory on desktops and laptops and am fully aware about the ESD. I changed the memory 45 degree angle, snap it down....I try turning the computer back on and it will not turn on. Power light is on, the battery light is on but the other 3 lights will not light up and screen does not turn on. I put the original back on and it still will not turn on. I took it to sony store and the guy tries same thing I do and it does not work. He says the motherboard is probably toasted...I said how could it be I followed every direction possible and he said sometimes that the Memory has ESD on it. So they put the original factory RAM back in and shipped it out to San Diego. I thought that warranty was void if you mess with original RAM? Im hoping they'll fix whatever that is wrong with it and not come back with "you messed with RAM warranty is void".....
family member install some additional memory in her Sony VAIO laptop, but seem to be having a problem. Its a VGN-C290 model (May 2007) and currently has one 1GB chip installed & has one open slot. It allows a max of 2GB.
Now, I have purchased an additional 1GB chip from Crucial.com, but after installing it in the one open slot, it appears that it is not recognizing it at all. The laptop will turn on, but doesn't get to the XP screen. Not even the Sony VAIO/Phoenix welcome screen either.
I have never had a problem with Crucial memory, but I contacted them directly to maybe help with this problem. They basically told me to make sure it is really seated in there good and apply a lot of pressure. They also had me put the Crucial memory in the slot #1 where the original Sony memory was. Neither worked.
The only other thing they suggested was that it was a BIOS related issue & to somehow update the BIOS. I checked & it currently is running BIOS version #R0080J4. I'm trying to determine if this is the latest version. If not, then how to update it.
While eagerly scouting the Zs, I've greatly enjoyed this forum for the past few weeks. I've been stopping by (ok stalking) my local Sony Style store to check them out in person, and became curious about a discrepancy.
Does anyone know off hand if there is an inherent memory speed or bandwidth difference between the 520m and 540m (or 620m)? I haven't noticed anything official from Intel or the Sony specs, other than they all use DDR3/1066 sticks.
Last week I snapped a picture (rather fuzzy cellphone, sorry) of the WEI screen for the lone silver GX/S (i5-520m) floor model. It shows a lagging score of 5.9 on memory, which doesn't jive with other performance scores mentioned on this forum (that I could find).....
received my inspiron 1420 ( already having issues and concerns) one of them, is, when i went into the dell support center, i clicked on the "about your system" section, and when i click on the Memory tab, it said that i had 3gb Total memory, but just 2.2gb of available memory. What does this mean? and where did the rest of my memory go?... i have a inspiron 1420, with 2.4ghz, 3gb ram, and nvidia8400...
In looking to pick up a laptop and have it in my hands by late next week, I found that I had to go with the 2.26 GHz processor from the P-series. I was hoping for 2.4 GHz or better.
The reason I was willing to do so was that the notebook is coming equipped with an OCZ Vertex SSD at 120 GB.
My take is that the hard drive is still the bottleneck, so a mere 140 MHz difference in the presence of an SSD isn't going to be felt, and that a 2.4 GHz processor + SSD isn't going to really be snappier compared to a 2.26 GHz one with an SSD for most things.
I noticed that most of their current computers came out last July/August. Does Sony completely replace their whole line up every year or sometimes do they just update the previous year's model? Are any of the current models they offer more than a year old? How long before new laptops come out do they get announced?